LPGA Tour: The Best Value In Town
I know two things about the LPGA Tour in these here United States of America. The first is that a terrific relationship of symbiotic proportions is developing ‘twixt Lorena Ochoa
and Suzann Pettersen.
SP blasted a -8 today to close to a stroke off La Mexicana. Ochoa is -4 on the day, doing what great players do and preserving consistency (68, 67, and probable 68.) Sunday should offer a memorable battle between two players, with a trio of Korean stars prepared to capitalize from a pithy two strokes behind Ochoa.
The second item that barks at me like a poodle is Michelle Wie’s certainty to clinch “chuckle of the week.” She was initially locked in a death struggle with Bettina Hauert for the A-Flight championship, but Hauert found her game today with a 74, giving her a four-shot differential on Wie. Ai Miyazato is last in the championship flight at +3, a wee twelve in front of Hauert, 16 ahead of Wie, and 9 behind the co-leaders (editor’s note: Ochoa continued her mastery of the 18th with a bogey, falling into a tie with Pettersen and rendering my initial projection idiotic.)
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An interesting sidelight to Bubbles continuing meltdown is that Ai Miyazato had a SEXTUPLE BOGEY and two other bogeys in her round today and still posted a better round than Bubbles.
The Golf Channel has been the biggest contributor to the Wie hype.
Mark Rolfing proclaimed on several occasions that Miss Wie would soon be a muliple majors winner on the LPGA tour and would also be a serious competitor on the PGA tour.
Brandel Chamblee, himself a PGA pro who should know better, gave the most absurd prediction. He said about a year ago that soon Wie would be winning six, eight, or even ten times per year on the women's tour.
I only saw Michelle one time in person, at the 2005 Publinks outside of Cincinnati.
Although she was far better as a golfer then than she is now, I was not overly impressed with her game.
Due to the excessive hype, I suppose I expected a lot more from her.
I see that you are also a optimistic about Bubbles' brilliant 71 which included six sparking birdies. (Unfortunately for her and her fans, it also contained three bogeys and a double bogey.)
Jimbo, Bubbles won't have to worry about her fragile body holding up week after week.
She chickened out of "Q" school and thus is not an LPGA member. She only gets to play in six LPGA tournaments in 2008, providing her agent can find that many gullible sponsors.
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